NFL Notes: Branch standing by Hernandez

NFL Notes: Branch standing by Hernandez
June 30, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Despite Aaron Hernandez being accused and charged of murder, Deion Branch is standing by his former teammate.

“Aaron is a great guy and a great friend of mine and a great teammate,” Branch told the Albany Herald at his eighth annual Skills and Drills Camp at Albany State University, via Tom Curran of “I love him to death, and it was shocking to hear his name involved in this situation. I truly hope and pray he doesn’t have any dealings with it."

According to Curran, Branch has a home in Attleboro, Mass., right across the street from Hernandez's home.

“Nobody deserves to walk, whoever the person is that did it,” Branch said of Hernandez, who allegedly murdered Odin Lloyd. “Most of all what we as Americans need to understand is that is somebody’s child that was a victim. That’s somebody’s dad, and my prayers and thoughts go out to his family and hope that they bring whoever did this to their child to justice, regardless of who it is.

“[Hernandez is] my guy, man. That’s my guy. It really shocked me. He was a great kid. Overall, I hope the best that he isn’t involved with it and I hope he gets his name cleared, but most importantly I send my prayers and condolences out to the Lloyd family.”

Dolphins: No contract talks between Miami, Jones
Dolphins safety Reshad Jones is entering the final year of his contract, but according to the Miami Herald (via ProFootballTalk), Jones and Miami have not had discussions yet regarding that matter.

Jones is a restricted free agent after the season.

In 2013, Jones had 73 total tackles and four interceptions.

Giants: Cops say woman arrested in thefts, NY Giant a victim
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- New York State Police say they've arrested a woman wanted for a string of high-end jewelry thefts in Florida and one of the victims was a New York Giants player.

Police said Saturday that Subhanna Beyah was arrested on fugitive from justice charges in Queens. Detectives from the Miami Beach Police Department asked the state police Thursday to help locate Beyah.

Beyah was arraigned early Sunday in Queens on the fugitive warrant. She was in custody and not immediately available for comment.

Police say the 25-year-old was wanted for multiple larcenies where jewelry and cash were taken. Police identified one victim as a Giants player. In March, Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers reported $400,000 worth of missing jewelry from a hotel safe in Miami.

A Giants spokesman declined to comment.

- The Associated Press

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